Resource Kit Overview

The Child Friendly Places Resource Kit contains intergenerational assessment, planning, advocacy and action tools that empower children, youth and adults to work collaboratively to evaluate and improve their schools, communities and cities. Anyone interested in understanding the perspectives of children and youth about their rights is encouraged to use the resource kit. The community and school assessments cover six broad topic areas: 1) play and recreation, 2) nature and ecology, 3) safety and protection, 4) health and social services, 5) participation, and 6) housing and learning environments. The assessment can be conducted at the scale of the school, community or city to impact a range of outcomes for children, youth and their families. The resource kit is innovative because it uses graphics and symbols that empower children and adults who cannot read to participate in the process. These resources are intended as a guide and should be adapted for use in the local cultural context. Click on the links to each activity to learn more about the participatory methods, or download the Resource Kit Overview (EnglishEspañolPortuguês).

Assessment

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Groups will identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current living and learning conditions in their community and school

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1. Introduce Introducing the idea of child friendly places
2. Explore Locating child friendly places in communities and schools
3. Assess Assessing the current conditions of communities and schools for children and youth

Planning

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Groups will identify specific goals for their initiative and create improvement plans with community and school input

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4. Analyze Summarizing, prioritizing and displaying the results
5. Plan Planning short- and long-term improvements for children, youth and families

Advocacy & Action

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Groups will implement aspects of their improvement plans to better their living and learning conditions

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6. Share Sharing the assessment results and improvement plans
7. Act Taking action to improve the conditions of communities or schools

Outcomes

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Groups will document and reflect upon the lessons learned to help sustain and replicate the process

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8. Review Understanding the impact of your initiative